The Missouri Tigers have announced that Jabari Brown is declaring himself eligible for the NBA draft. He will be following fellow Junior teammate Jordan Clarkson. Brown has not yet hired an agent so he will have until April 15th to get feedback from the NBA. After that he will need to either hire an agent or return to Mizzou.
In the press release from Missouri, Jabari had this to say regarding his reason for become eligible.
“This was a step I needed to take in order to make the most educated decision possible with regards to my NBA opportunities,” Jabari Brown said. “My time here at Mizzou has been incredible. This is a special place and a second home for me. However, I must approach this looking at the bigger picture. This is a decision that impacts my family as well and that is most important to me.”
Brown and Clarkson were the top 2 scorers this season for the Tigers. With Earnest Ross graduating that leaves Jonathan Williams III as the top returning starter, at 5 points per game if Brown does decide to leave.
I don’t see anyone on the team right now that can replace any of these 3. Hopefully Frank Haith has a recruit coming in that he can count on to pick up the slack.
I know that Jabari Brown’s father has been diagnosed with cancer fairly recently and the family could probably use the money. Right now CBS Sports is projecting him to be the 59th pick in the draft.
For a player leaving school early it’s a very big risk to take, when a year later he would be much more likely to be a first round pick. If NBA teams get back to him with the same kind of information then it wouldn’t surprise me if he withdrew from the draft and came back to Missouri.